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University Policies and Progress: Inclusion and Assistance for Immigrant Communities

Speaker(s): Joanna E. Cuevas Ingram, Maria Blanco
Recorded on: May. 16, 2017
PLI Program #: 214607

Joanna Cuevas Ingram is an Associate Counsel for LatinoJustice PRLDEF (LJP), where she works on voting rights, police misconduct, employment discrimination and criminal justice reform, among other civil rights and constitutional rights matters. Joanna’s legal scholarship is published in the Harvard Latino Law Review, North Carolina Law Review and Daily Journal.  Her legal work has been covered by CNN, El Diario, Forbes, L.A. Times, Huffington Post, The Nation, ThinkProgress, Univision, USA Today and WNYC, among others.  Prior to joining LJP in New York, Joanna served as an Equal Justice Works Voting Rights Fellow and Attorney at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCRSF). At LCCRSF, Joanna engaged in successful voting rights impact litigation and community-based redistricting, testified before the California State Legislature and National Commission on Voting Rights, produced a key 50-page report on Voting Rights Barriers & Discrimination in Twenty-First Century California in response to Shelby County v. Holder, and provided essential Know Your Rights workshops for communities throughout California.  She has provided numerous presentations on voting rights protections, including as a guest lecturer at Stanford, Fordham, U.C. Berkeley, and U.C. Davis Law schools and as a panelist at the ABA, Columbia, GWU, NYU and U.C. Hastings Law schools, among others. Joanna received her J.D. from U.C. Davis School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the U.C. Davis Journal of International Law & Policy.


J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law
B.A., UC Berkeley

María Blanco is Executive Director of the Undocumented Student Legal Services Center, which operates out of UC Davis School of Law to provide immigration-related legal services for undocumented students at the six University of California campuses without law schools: UC Merced, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, and UC Riverside. Launched in November 2014, the Center is a pilot project of the University of California Office of the President and works in collaboration with the UC Davis School of Law Immigration Law Clinic.

A graduate of UC Berkeley, Blanco has more than 20 years’ experience as a litigator and advocate for immigrant rights, women’s rights, and social justice. She most recently served as Vice President of Civic Engagement at the California Community Foundation and led its immigrant integration initiatives. Blanco has also served as Executive Director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute at UC Berkeley School of Law, as Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, as an Equal Rights Advocates attorney, as associate director and associate professor at Golden Gate University School of Law, and as National Senior Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She is a member of the Public Policy Institute of California Board of Directors and the California Citizens’ Redistricting Commission.